In what appears to be a tease to meddlers, the government of China says Beijing has optimal confidence in the leadership and the people of Ethiopia in handling their internal affairs without meddling by outsiders.

In a tweet, the spokesperson of the government of the Republic of China also heaped praise on the Ethiopian government for ending the state of emergency.

“We are glad to see the improving domestic situation in Ethiopia and the government’s decision to end the state of emergency ahead of the expiration. China believes that the Ethiopian people have the wisdom and the capability to handle the internal affairs well,” says the spokesperson of the Chinese government.

Ethiopia has for more than a year been faced with a deliberate disinformation and blackmail campaign championed by some Western elements with an aim of discrediting its government, incite Ethiopians and the world against its leaders and consequently cause regime change.

It should be noted that in their pursuit of illegally changing Ethiopia’s legitimate government, terrorist designated group, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) who rule the country for nearly three decades, and their international sympathisers, have been flip-floping from one clandestine effort to another including war, misreporting facts about the Tigray conflict, extending war to neighboring regions and playing victim to self-committed crimes.

While they killed civilians, raped women and girls, commandeered trucks delivering humanitarian supplies to the people in Tigray and neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions, used children as soldiers etcetera, TPLF and its sympathisers constantly falsely claimed that the federal government forces were committing genocide in Tigray, as well as hunting down ethnic Tigrayans.

Indeed many leaders, media and international organisations, countries including the U.S which at some point threatened to impose sanctions on Ethiopia, fell victim to this false propaganda that they themselves amplified.

One of the victims of such lies is the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which mid December last year resolved to put in place an investigating team to probe the alleged severe human rights violations and abuses in Ethiopia.

The decision was reached during an infamous special session held at the request of the European Union.

The resolution meant a repeat of what had already been done, raising questions on its real motive. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had earlier in August jointly conducted an investigation into alleged human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law, and refugee law.

The investigation which covered the period between November 3, 2020 and June 28, 2021 found that both the TPLF and the Ethiopian government forces and allied militia had committed atrocities, including killings, rape, forcible displacement and torture, but it did not find evidence of genocide.

Ethiopia then set up an Inter-Ministerial Taskforce to implement the recommendations of the report including prosecution, rehabilitation of those) who surrender, providing humanitarian services and assisting those who were sexually violated.

Establishing another probe to do the same investigation would delay rehabilitation, restitution and compensation of the survivors as well as prosecution of the perpetrators.

It was actually repetitive and counterproductive to ongoing implementation processes, and further delays redress for victims and survivors.

Many wondered why the UN Human Rights Council was so much obsessed with the establishment of another probe to literally do similar investigations already done jointly by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

Efforts by the Ethiopian government to make peace with the Tigray fighters and restore normalcy in the Northern part of the country like implementing Ceasefire in June, attempts to dialogue with the fighting group and sending humanitarian aid to affected areas, were met with objection from the TPLF. However such efforts went unnoticed by the UN, its agencies and many members of the international community

There is a wide belief that a section of the international community actually backs and supports criminal activities of TPLF and works hard to drive their agenda of forcefully and illegally getting back to government. This is the reason they have never condemned the atrocities commited by TPLF on the innocent people.

If at all the UN Human Rights Council genuinely wanted to probe the Tigray conflict and serve justice to the victims, why not encourage OHCHR and EHRC to continue with joint investigation in areas which the JIT could not access due to insecurity, and to cover the period following June 28, 2021 which was not covered by the joint investigation as opposed to setting up an international commission of human rights experts on Ethiopia.

Why did it refuse to cooperate with the legitimate government on investigations on the Tigray conflict given its understated and undisputable efforts to protect the children and people of Ethiopia including Tigrayans?

If it was not for settling for meddling into the internal issues of Ethiopia, why did the Human Rights Council support the implementation of the JIT recommendations and the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce in the timely implementation of the JIT recommendations, particularly on accountability and redress for victims.

The UN Human Rights Council seem to be used as a tool by imperialists to impose themselves on countries like Ethiopia that have closed avenues for meddling, and it is unfortunate for the agency established to promote and protect human rights around the world.

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam is an experienced Ugandan multimedia Journalist with a background of fact checking and thorough research. He is very passionate about current African affairs particularly Horn of Africa. He...

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